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Thrush, at a base in the Middle East, is developing a "vaporizer," which dissolves almost any object. Kuryakin tries to enlist the assistance of a tribe of Arabs to help. Solo, meanwhile, convinces a soon-to-be retired Thrushman that he'll live longer if he switches sides. Written by
Contains many references to the recent blockbuster Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Ilya claims to be the son of Lawrence, and rides to the rescue dressed in a white desert outfit, mounted on a white horse. See more »
In the summer of 1981, B.B.C.-1 put out 'Six Of The Best', an anthology of reruns of classic series. It afforded viewers their first chance to see shows they had not seen in years. Three were British; 'Dr.Finlay's Casebook', 'Softly Softly Task Force' and 'Colditz'. The rest were American; 'Ironside', 'Alias Smith & Jones' and 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'. It was the first time 'M.F.U.' had been seen on the B.B.C. since the original run ended in the late '60's. Unfortunately, I missed out on most of these due to B.B.C. Wales' policy of scheduling Welsh language programmes in prime-time. The 'M.F.U.' chosen was 'The Arabian Affair' from Season 2.
It opens in the Middle East, where Illya is spying on a secret THRUSH laboratory ( ingeniously disguised as a sand dune ). Inside a new machine is being tested. It is called a Vaporiser, and creates a lethal foam-like substance that destroys everything it touches. After being attacked by an Arab, Illya is taken to a tribe leader named Sulador ( Michael Ansara ). His headstrong daughter Sophie ( Phyllis Newman ) takes a shine to the Russian.
Back in New York, Solo is working on the assignment from a different angle. THRUSH agent David Lewin ( Robert Ellenstein ) is shortly to retire, and Solo persuades him he will be executed because he knows too much. Lewin helps Solo break into a safe at THRUSH's headquarters, but is caught by Norman ( Jerome Thor ) and both he and Lewin are flown to Arabia to be used as guinea pigs for the Vaporiser...
Written by Peter Alan Fields, this is a decent episode. Whether it ought to have been chosen to represent 'M.F.U.' is another matter, but it is enjoyable on the whole. Michael Ansara convinces as the tribe leader, but Phyllis Newman manages to be about as Arabic as Whoopi Goldberg! Note Illya tricking Sulador's tribe into thinking he is the son of Lawrence of Arabia, the famous David Lean movie had only been released two years earlier.
THRUSH out to execute one of its own number with an exploding time piece sounds similar to 'Its Your Funeral', an episode of Patrick McGoohan's 'The Prisoner' made the following year.
Reaction to 'Six Of The Best' was generally favourable ( one viewer wrote to 'Points Of View' to suggest a follow-up series called '365 Of The Best'! ), and 'M.F.U.' in particular. It inspired the B.B.C. to buy the rights to the eight U.N.C.L.E. movies which it ran in two bumper seasons over the next two years.
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